Former President of the USA, Gerald Ford, Dies

  1. Former President Ford dies at 93

    * Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments
    * Was only president never elected to vice president or president
    * Once played football for University of Michigan

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America's history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

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    Former President Ford dies at 93 - CNN.com
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   UM Review RN
    He did a good job. I believe he was a good man.

    He might've been reelected if he hadn't pardoned Nixon.
  4. by   prmenrs
    I really liked and respected him. What you saw was what you got. As far as politicians go, that is a very scarce species, indeed.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I agree with both of you here.
  6. by   sunnyjohn
    Good 'ole Gerry..

    He was a decent fella.... A rare breed today
  7. by   rninme
    President Ford was a fine gentleman. He stepped into the office of the presidency and lead our country at a very difficult time. I agree that pardoning Nixon probably cost him the election in 1976....but in retrospect, it was the right thing to do. It allowed our country to move forward and begin to heal. My prayers are with his family this morning.
  8. by   Tweety
    He had a tough job during a tough time and he handled it. I really respected Mrs. Ford more than him. She's one classy and strong lady.
  9. by   sanctuary
    I always worried that he would fall and hurt himself. Wonder if he had a neuropathy? But, yes, he was a simply decent man.
  10. by   indigo girl
    Remembered also for his difficult public health decision regarding swine flu vaccine, he opted for caution, and enough vaccine to treat the whole nation for a threat that never materialized. Here is a post from Flutrackers.com that addresses this part of his legacy:
    http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...p=55908&postco
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from indigo girl
    Remembered also for his difficult public health decision regarding swine flu vaccine, he opted for caution, and enough vaccine to treat the whole nation for a threat that never materialized. Here is a post from Flutrackers.com that addresses this part of his legacy:
    FluTrackers - View Single Post - Death of President Ford

    Thank you.
    President Ford did so much.
    He ordered the withdrawal from Viet nam and the first amnesty for those who refused to be drafted for that war.
    He supported the Indonesian invasion of East Timor that killed 1/3 of the population.
    Donald Rumsfeld served first as his chief of staff and then as Secretary of Defense. Dick Cheney also served as Ford's chief of staff. Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

    Betty Ford was an amazing woman!

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  12. by   leslie :-D
    he always made me smile.
    and he reminded me of charlie brown.
    don't know why, but he did.
    a most decent and fair man with a compassionate soul.
    God bless you, Mr. Ford.

    leslie
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]For the sad occasion of the statesman's death is certainly a most appropriate time to recall what is probably his greatest geopolitical masterstroke: the green-lighting of Indonesia's 1975 invasion of East Timor – an act of state-sponsored terrorism that killed more than 200,000 people

    I also noted in the May post that on September 21, 1999, Sander Thoenes, a former colleague of mine at The Moscow Times, was murdered in East Timor, almost certainly by Indonesian military forces, while covering the last throes of Jakarta's fury before East Timor won its independence – another fact to be recorded with the high and mighty deeds of Gerald R. Ford.

    [For more on how the enduring legacy of Gerald R. Ford in Indonesia has been erased from history, see this post from Dennis Perrin: Airbrushing the Dead.]

    It's unlikely that we will hear very much about these aspects of Gerald R. Ford's enduring legacy in the innumerable encomiums that will fill the corporate media in the coming days. There the focus will undoubtedly be on the way Ford "healed the nation" by thwarting the course of justice and keeping the most depraved operators of the Nixon gang in power. But as a public service, we thought it only fitting to recall these triumphs of the 38th President of the United States.
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    cheers,
  14. by   pickledpepperRN
    At the time I thought President did the right think when he pardoned President Nixon.

    But our country is not healed.
    I think the truth is important. Unpleasant as a trial would have been the people need to know the truth.

    I am glad he brought our soldiers home from Viet Nam.
    I am glad he did what he could to help so many Vietnamese people immigrate to the USA. Many are nurse colleagues working with us.

    Not knowing the man I believe he did his best.

    Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq
    Former president Gerald R. Ford said in an embargoed interview in July 2004 that the Iraq war was not justified. "I don't think I would have gone to war," he said a little more than a year after President Bush launched the invasion advocated and carried out by prominent veterans of Ford's own administration.

    Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq - washingtonpost.com

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